Super Heart-Smart Müesli Mix

A Swiss doctor (named Bircher-Benner) who ran a diet clinic in Switzerland in the late 19th century, invented a breakfast dish that included oats, chopped apples, and soured cream. A packaged version of the original Bircher-müesli mix has been marketed for years (and is still a tradition in Switzerland), and usually contains dried fruit instead of the fresh fruit in the original. For our müesli, we’ve chosen high-fiber figs and dates, as well as heart-smart sunflower seeds.

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup (3 ounces) dried figs, finely diced
1/2 cup (3 ounces) pitted dates, finely diced
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup (3 ounces) dried apricots, finely diced
1/3 cup hulled sunflower seeds
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1 Preheat the oven to 400°F. On a jelly-roll pan, toast the oats until golden brown and fragrant, stirring once, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool to room temperature.
2 Add the figs, dates, raisins, apricots, sunflower seeds, and brown sugar. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 6 cups

Makes Makes about 6 cups servings.
Per 1/3-cup serving: 147 calories, 2.4g total fat (0.3g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 3.6g dietary fiber, 29g carbohydrate, 4g protein, 5mg sodium.